Ride with Snag as he gets to grips with the new Yamaha XSR700 ahead of our full review.
Yamaha’s LAMS-approved XSR700 modern retro bike has received a very mild update for 2020, sporting a new Dynamic White colour scheme recently debuted on its XSR900 sibling.
The new colour scheme takes inspiration from the 1960s racing era. Specifically, Bill Ivy’s 125cc world championship winning two stroke.
No other changes have been made for 2020, with the MT-07LA-based retro retaining its 655cc parallel-twin, delivering 38kW and 57Nm.
Distinguishing the XSR700 from the MT-07LA is a number of heritage-inspired features, like an an aluminium fuel tank, front and rear aluminium fenders, a two-texture leather seat, vintage-style headlight and taillight, circular instrument clock and brushed aluminium around the front fender, radiator and headlight.
The 2020 Yamaha XSR700 is priced from $12,899 rideaway.
Snag’s career in motoring journalism spans 29 years with stints at major bike mags Australian Road Rider, Motorcycle Trader and AMCN along with contributions to just about every other outlet worth a hill of beans. He was editor of Unique Cars magazine and hosts his legendary podcast ‘Snag Says’ when he gets off his date.